A literary reading at Jefferson Market Library 425 Avenue of the Americas on Saturday 3/23/2019 from 3-4:30. Recommended for writers of any age.
Jefferson Market Library probably has a few ghosts of its own. This Victorian Gothic gem with its ponderous oak doors and vaulted windows was once a courthouse–where even a few literary types found themselves before the judge. Great American author, Stephen Crane appeared to defend a young woman hauled in as a prostitute. And before she became a Hollywood icon, Mae West, wrote and appeared in off-Broadway plays–one which landed her in the Jefferson Market jail overnight on obscenity charges when she couldn’t raise bail.
So the building itself–designed in partnership with Calvert Vaux, who with Frederick Law Olmtead bequeathed NYC two other jewels: Prospect and Central Park–deserves a visit.
Readings are frequent and varied, as booked by Frank Collerius, the literary impresario of the library. Last year I brought a group of international students to experience Macbeth in the the round–they barely understood a word, but were bewitched by the rhythm as well as the sexiness and violence of the robustly acted tale. Earlier this month, I attended Feminist Fables from France by author Emily Blake, and was struck by how, even when stripped of any semblance of theater, the drama of good writing resonates when read by a talented performer.
And so I am very appreciative to have this opportunity to share some of my own experiences as an author and my own literary encounters with ghosts ranging from banshees to the phantoms of the Titanic, sightings of Edgar Allen Poe in the Village, as well as the ghosts of John Lennon at the Dakota.